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The malevolent swagger of the Assad regime is the consequence of grievous Western policy errors.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
Contrary to public perception, Rishi Sunak is not Johnson’s second choice for chancellor, but his third.
The former New York mayor would resurrect a failed policy settlement and merely fiddle with the symptoms of inequality.
Northern Ireland has a bright future, but it needs an inclusive, responsive vision for the Union that offers real benefits, as well as some careful infrastructure investment.
Suddenly seeing an outdated version of ourselves makes remembrance uncanny, and often painful
The government has some big ideas, but its purpose is the re-establishment of democracy and the creation of the common good.
The club has never quite managed to shed the rags of restless victimhood.
The epidemic is a canvas on to which people’s deepest fears and prejudices are being projected.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Gillian Darley on snobbery and the many landscapes of London’s neighbour.
Some of the biggest policy blunders of the past 250 years can be blamed on Whitehall’s dominant department.
Among all of her television success, Flack was known for one thing: being a public punching bag.
After the 1918 flu outbreak killed 50 million, nations created new organisations to fight infection. But in an age of pandemics and renewed great power rivalry, they are no longer enough.
I often wonder if my novels would be different if she was still alive. If her voice was still alive.
The murder of two young people on London Bridge last year was the latest atrocity by a follower of al-Muhajiroun, the Islamist group given freedom by the British state to radicalise a generation of Muslims.
Born out of Germany’s industrial heartland, Kraftwerk’s epic electronic pop did not just soundtrack a decade: it created a global language.
Like other poets who write non-fiction, Christle favours a fragmentary style in this history of crying.
This novel based in fact spans the divide of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
A new poem by Will Eaves.
When Hashi Mohamed arrived in the UK at nine years old, he was an unaccompanied minor who couldn’t speak any English. By 18, he was homeless. So how did he turn it around?
The British Library Sound Archive preserves millions of audio recordings for future generations. But what does the past sound like – and can listening to it help us understand history better?
This isn’t a close analysis of WeWork’s financial problems. It’s far sillier. The best moments are pure colour.
A major retrospective of the artist and director’s work reveals a master of the uncanny.
There is no separating the artist and the art in Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, which draws directly on his life as a refugee from Nazism for its plot.
This film about anti-depressive plants has an atmosphere of horticultural dread.
For all its spills and thrills and delightful cameo performances, I felt distracted and a little bored.
Americast is completely addictive for its on-the-ground details of the campaign trail.
I do like to see ‘umble, ordinary northern clubs doing well.
If I had stayed one more night in that flat, I would have died.
Take the one-star Amazon review of one of my books: “I’m sure the recipes are perfectly useable but as a visual person this book just isn’t for me.”
In new Netflix documentary Miss Americana, we watch Swift’s need to please people build up, both motivating and sometimes crushing her.
The former Oxfam CEO talks Michelle Obama, Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls and life lessons from her father.
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